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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
Mississippi State is a highly rated public university located in Mississippi. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 16,803 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Mississippi State acceptance rate is 62%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Business. Graduating 58% of students, Mississippi State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,400.
About Mississippi State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Southeastern Conference
Address
P.O. Box 6334
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Mississippi State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
62%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
960-1260
ACT Range
21-28
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$16,056/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,003/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.125 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.139 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.139 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
16,803Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,509
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 99 responses
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  • We are all different in our own ways.
    33%
  • Friendly
    22%
  • Diverse with MSU pride
    16%
  • Unique and caring
    9%
  • Outgoing
    7%
  • Country
    6%
  • Greek.
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.158 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.187 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 103 responses
Report
  • Hail State!
    66%
  • All of the above!
    15%
  • People's University
    12%
  • StarkVegas
    5%
  • Underrated
    2%
  • Home away from home
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
58%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.95 responses
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Mississippi State University Reviews

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Being a student at Mississippi State has been a great adventure! I am an out-of-state student and traveling far from home can have its rough moments; however, Mississippi State was quick to make me feel at home and a part of a group! I was quickly involved in sports and different organizations that helped me meet some of my best friends today. Mississippi State has taught me the importance of going to class, using resources around me, and trying my hardest in any situation. One thing that I would change at Mississippi State University is the attitude of certain majors. Often times, certain majors get praised for being a higher raised income in the future; whereas, in lower income majors, they are often mocked and looked down on and not taken care of through the students and the building.
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I chose to go to Mississippi State University solely because of my major: Meteorology. This university is giving me a world class education and I'm so thankful for it! When it comes to the party scene, I know a lot of incoming students really focus on this, but honestly its not that great unless you're in a sorority or fraternity. This is a relatively small town with close to nothing around it, but in the past three years I've truly seen it start to blossom. It can't compare with any other top social and party schools, but it has definitely improved. More apartments, shops, and restaurants have opened in the past year than I ever thought imaginable. I like this college because its very low-key, but if you want to go out for a fun night that is definitely possible as well!
Mississippi State is truly a place that embodies community, cooperation, and a feeling of having a family with all of your fellow peers and professors. There are so many opportunities at Mississippi State whether you want to write or research or shadow, there is a place for you! Everyone fits in well, and whether it's thousands of people cheering on the Dawgs in Davis Wade on game day or whether it is just a few of your closest friends eating lunch together on the drill field, there is a comfortable feeling of knowing you belong there. The involvement with people on campus ranging from philanthropic activities to Greek life to academic pursuits is absolutely astonishing. I can't think of anywhere better to attend higher education.